Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"The student and I worked mostly on Geometry, but she showed me her schedule for Humanities, which will probably need the majority of our attention the next two weeks. I plan to re-read what is covered in her lesson this weekend so that I can be as helpful as possible. She didn't seem to have any problem with her Geometry homework, despite missing a couple of days of class. "
"Today we finished up the algebra section and went on to start a practice test. The student finished three sections of the exam, and missed about 10 questions for each section. She needs to slow down and concentrate more on what the questions are asking."
"We went over Laplace transforms today. We worked several examples and then solved a few equations using transforms and inverse transforms. Then we applied the heaviside function to differential equations and worked out their Laplace transforms. Did a little bit of partial fractions in the middle too."
"Today, we read (half) a story. She read for the most part. I keep assessing her pronunciation. She is doing much better in two different ways: she is resorting less to English. Actually, she is almost not using it anymore during class. And she is reading more fluently. She is struggling still with the "r" sound and is pronouncing the vowels "e" and "i" as she would in English when she speaks Spanish. This has to be dealt with in a slow motion to make her aware and very conscious about it. I worked today on the lexical champ of "family". To enrich her vocabulary, from now on, this exercise will be systematic. This gives ground also to practice the spelling as I do it in the form of a dictation."
"Today we reviewed some specific math concepts that the student missed on the practice exam, and I introduced her to a different way of doing long multiplication. She will practice this for homework. Next, we continued to work on the reading section by analyzing the questions in terms of type and looking for context clues in the text."
"Fall Final exam review packet. Lines and angles. Pythagorean Theorem. Introduced idea of Pythagorean Triples -SohCahToa. Midpoint formula. Label x and y. Distance formula. Staying organized when solving problems. Final is on Thurs."
"We finished the 8th chapter of the book on complex impedance. We applied nodal analysis and Kirchhoff's current and voltage laws to find properties of circuits with complex impedance."
"The student and I worked on physics this week. We specifically covered magnetism and circuits. He will most likely have a test sometime this week, so after we finished his homework, we reviewed the material for the test."
"The student and I spent some time reviewing material. We worked through a few sections of a practice test. Based on this review, she and I decided we needed to spend more time working on ratios, functions, and word problems, particularly geometry word problems."
"Today the student and I went over his practice pre-test that his teacher assigned for homework. The practice test is long and has 118 questions. We managed to get through 60 questions in 2 hours, and we will continue the test next time we meet."
"The student and I started off by going over her homework from last week, which consisted of a section each of vocab, reading, and math. We went through another free response math section, focusing on reading the questions carefully and extracting information. We then did another vocab section, making a vocab list along the way so that she could grow her vocabulary organically. We also worked on two more short reading passages to practice her reading strategy."
"Went over graphs and quadratic functions. He was able to handle all of the work I prepared for him."